Rename and Reboot Machine

Posted on 2009-07-06
Last Modified: 2013-11-26
Im trying to write this script that will rename and reboot the machine. The first portion shown runs fine, the dialog box comes up and I enter in my new pc name.  The second part is the vb command to reboot the machine, it actually calls a batch file. The script runs the first portion and then ends.  However if I take the second half and create a separate vb script it runs fine.

I have two questions:

1. How can I get the entire script to run? Am I missing something?
2. Is there any way I can create a list box rather than an Input Box and prepopulate the listbox with a list of names?
Name = InputBox("Enter the new computer name below and click OK to continue","Rename: Step 1")

Password = "password"

Username = "admin"

Set objWMIService = GetObject("Winmgmts:root\cimv2")

' Call always gets only one Win32_ComputerSystem object.

For Each objComputer in _


       Return = objComputer.rename(Name,Password,User)

       If Return <> 0 Then

          WScript.Echo "Rename failed. Error = " & Err.Number


          WScript.Echo "Rename succeeded." & " Reboot for new name to go into effect"


        Set OpSysSet = GetObject("winmgmts:{impersonationLevel=impersonate,(RemoteShutdown)}//" & mname).ExecQuery("select * from Win32_OperatingSystem where Primary=true")

        for each OpSys in OpSysSet



Set objShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")

objShell.Run("%comspec% /K C:\DemoUtilities\Installs\Windows\Rename_machine\shutdown.bat"), 1, True

end if


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Question by:dlnewman70

Expert Comment

ID: 24791812
Hi dlnewman70;

I debugged your code in vb6, and found some little mistakes.

For example the dimension you defined as "Return" is not a suitable word to being a dimension name. Change it as "ReturnX" for example.

There is a property named as "Name" too, you must change it too.

I hope these can help you.

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Found solution

Dim Text, Title

Dim WshNetwork         ' Object variable

Text = "Networking information" & vbCrLf & vbCrLf

Title = "Rename Hostname?"


' Create a new WshNetwork object to access network properties.

Set WshNetwork = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Network")


Text = Text & "Computer name : " & WshNetwork.ComputerName & vbCrLf

Text = Text & "Domain : " & WshNetwork.UserDomain & vbCrLf

Text = Text & "User name : " & WshNetwork.UserName & vbCrLf & vbCrLf

Text = Text & "Do you want to rename this computer?"


If MsgBox(Text, vbYesNo + vbQuestion, Title) = vbyes Then

        Dim strComputerName, objWMIService, objComputer, returnCode


        strComputerName = InputBox("Enter a new machine name for this computer:", "Rename Computer")


        If strComputerName <> "" Then 


                Set objWMIService = GetObject("Winmgmts:root\cimv2") 


                ' Call always gets only one Win32_ComputerSystem object. 

                For Each objComputer in objWMIService.InstancesOf("Win32_ComputerSystem")

                        ReturnCode = objComputer.Rename(strComputerName) 


                If ReturnCode <> 0 Then

                        MsgBox "There was a problem changing the computer name.  System error code : " & ReturnCode


                        If MsgBox("Changes made.  Do you wish to restart the computer?", vbYesNo + vbQuestion, Title) = vbyes Then

                                                                                                                                'Set objShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")

                                'objShell.Run "rundll32 shell32.dll,SHExitWindowsEx 2", 1, False

                                                                                                                                WScript.Echo "Rebooting..."

                                                                                                                                set objWSHShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")

                                                                                                                                objWSHShell.Run "shutdown.exe /r"


                                MsgBox "You must restart computer for changes to take effect"

                        End If 

                End If 

        End If 

End If

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